Thursday, 19 October 2017

The Dumbleton Devil

The twelfth century monk Bungus of Burford described a creature inhabiting the wild woods of the English midlands that had been terrifying villagers and, under cover of darkness, taking cattle. He described it as ‘like a great tyger but horned and as large as an ox’
Prayers were offered up, hoping for divine intervention in deliverance from the beast but attacks continued. A‘grayte spyked pitt’ was dug and baited and on a stormy night in 1136 howls and roars echoed around the Chase forest for many hours. On the following morning when the trap was examined, evidence of the creature was found but the animal itself had evaded capture. After this, nothing more was heard of the creature and it was assumed that wounded, it had permanently returned to its diabolical place of origin.
To this day when the wind whistles through the low valleys and hills, some cross themselves for luck in memory of the ‘Great Beast’

Monday, 16 October 2017

Dingle Deer

This large ungulate occupies the western flanks of the island. It leads a largely nocturnal lifestyle using its prehensile nose to sniff out the juiciest berries of the thorny bushes and shrubs that surround the beaches and coastal inlets. It is also known to paddle in the shallows and graze upon the purple kelp that grows abundantly there.  It has few natural predators as is it is more than capable of defending itself with its formidable horns. 

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Bizzleberry Deer in Blue

During the day the bright blue bizzleberry bushes are protected by their resident colonies of stinging bees, during the cooler evening the insects become docile- this is when the crepuscular bizzleberry deer move in to graze. It is believed that the high concentration of blue pigment imbues to the deer the vivid hue of its coat although this has recently been disputed in the pages of Nature magazine.
20cm x47cm x22cm